Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), Shanghai
Located in the city's center, Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) displays a large collection of invaluable ancient Chinese art which demonstrates the nation's philosophy, wisdom, and way of life. Established in 1952, the round dome structure with a square base contains a total of three exhibition halls and eleven galleries. You can choose to inspect many major categories of showcased art, such as calligraphy, ceramics, furniture, paintings, and coins. Explore China's long history by examining over 120,000 items, which portray the country's long, colorful history and its relation to foreign countries. The museum issues 8,000 daily tickets free of charge and gives priority to the elderly and disabled. Using our international travel planner, Shanghai attractions like Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) Reviews
A good museum with just the right number of exhibits - too big and one gets overloaded. Some wonderful pieces. Having seen people from some of the other regional/cultural groups on our tour we were fa... more »
So many stunning ancient treasures to see from many different Dynasties. Easy to get around and importantly it had Western toilets. Wow! more »
A "MUST SEE" FOR VISITORS TO SHANGHAI The Museum is a very well curated collection of amazing items from China's long history. Its free and open every day except Monday. Tour guides will advise that a passport is needed for entry but we were able to enter with no ID at all. You can get a free (English) audio guide - for this you'll need to leave a 400 Yuan refundable deposit (or leave some ID such as drivers licence or ...yes.. your passport!) Its an oasis of cool and quiet and you can easily spend a few hours here marvelling at the age and beauty of the exhibits. Good printed guides in Chinese and English. Guided tours offered but with the audio guide I think you better off doing it yourself and spending time on the things that intrigue you the most. There is a good cafe inside (with good coffee!) and on each floor you will find a souvenir shop with some good (easily packed) treasures to take home :) There is security screening on entry. This museum will not present any problems for people with mobility issues as it has level floors and lifts and escalators. Nearest Metro train station is People's Square (a fair walk just the same which can be tiring in the hot, sticky weather).
The beauty of Shaghai Museum starts from the entrance. It is situated on the People's square. Once you enter the museum, you will really admire the Chinese art works. The organizers of the museum do deserve the appreciation. Do Note: during peak time, you will have a waiting time to enter. Also, its free for all. It closes by 5 pm.
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